Energy sector should provide Serbian citizens with safe and reliable supply with energy using environmentally acceptable technologies with increased energy efficiency and high share of renewable sources. The reform should result in self sustainable sector based on market values and strong and independent regulatory body.

Main priorities of the EU support in Serbian energy sector:

  • Support the alignment of national legislation with EU acquis in the area of energy
  • Investments in environmental improvements
  • Institution strengthening
  • Strengthening the capacity of the transmission systems (electricity and gas sector)
  • Support for feasibility studies to prepare investments (working with IFIs)

About € 555 million of EU assistance has been allocated to Energy sector until now, in CARDS & IPA budget years:

2000-2001, total €210.1 million

  • Emergency Assistance Programme (supply of heavy oil and diesel to TPP and municipalities, electricity imports, spare parts)
  • Projects in coal mines, electricity generation sector and electricity transmission and distribution

2002 total €70.8 million

  • Major rehabilitation and overhaul of thermal power plant Nikola Tesla A3
  • Spare parts for EPS and Feasibility study for Tamnava west field
  • TA and Feasibility Study to Serbian Energy Efficiency Agency
  • Establishment and operation of Serbian Energy Efficiency Agency

2003 total €70.8 million

  • Major rehabilitation and overhaul of thermal power plant Nikola Tesla A5 and additional works on A3
  • EPS Institutional Building, Environmental Management System and Maintenance Management for EPS
  • Several studies for Serbian Energy sector

2004 total €39.23 million

  • Grant Fund for Serbian Energy Regulatory Agency
  • New Ash Disposal System, Nikola Tesla B Thermal Power Plant
  • Electrostatic Precipitator Improvement at TPP Kostolac A
  • Assistance in Establishing Electricity Market

2005 total €26.51 million

  • Modernisation of District Heating in five Serbian cities
  • Several studies for energy sector

2006 total €31.5 million

  • Construction of 400kV Overhead Transmission Line Nis-Leskovac-FYROM border
  • Technical Assistance to Elektromreza Srbije and Serbian Energy Regulatory Agency European Union Republic of Serbia

2007 total €17.58 million

  • Retrofit of the electrostatic precipitators in thermal power plant NIKOLA TESLA units A6 and B2
  • Further Assistance to Energy Regulatory Agency, Elektromreza Srbije and Srbijagas
  • Feasibility Studies for Electricity Transmission Cross Border Investments

2008 total €11.13 million

  • Rehabilitation of electrostatic precipitator in TP Nikola Tesla, unit B1
  • Equipment for continuous air emissions measurement at EPS – TENT

2010 total €19.2 million

  • Supply of HV transformer, design and works for extension of SS Leskovac 2 and for construction of SS Vranje 4 400/110 kV
  • Several pre-feasibility studies and Follow up Technical Assistance to Srbijagas
  • Management Information System for Energy Sector

2011 total €16 million

• Twinning project with the Serbian Energy Regulatory Agency,
• Waste Water Treatment facility in TPP Nikola Tesla B and Nikola Tesla A

2012 total €7 million

  • Electrostatic Precipitator for TPP Morava
  • Technical Assistance for Preparation of Second Energy Efficiency Action Plan and Development of Energy Indicators

2013 planned €total 12.9 million

  • Construction of Industrial Waste Water Treatment Plant in TPP Kostolac B
  • Upgrade of the existing cadastre of small HPPs
  • Support to Srbijagas in gas market opening

The focus of future EU assistance to energy sector would be in environmental protection, alignment with the EU energy legislation, increased share of renewables and improved energy efficiency.

For more information:

Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia
Tel: +381 (0)11 30 83 200